Ruth Bader Ginsburg: No Plans to Retire
Despite recent speculation, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she has no plans to retire.
At an event in Arlington, Virginia, sponsored by Equal Justice Works, Ginsburg told U.S. Appeals Court Judge Ann Williams that she will continue to do the job so long as she is fully capable.
“My answer is as long as I can do the job full steam, I will do it,” Ginsburg said, according to CNN.
Ginsburg added that she has modified her answer regarding retirement over the years based on her health.
“I used to have an answer, it worked for a lot of years,” she said.
Former President Bill Clinton appointed Ginsburg in 1993 to the Supreme Court from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
“It was Justice Brandeis — when he was appointed, he was the same age as I was, 60. And he stayed for 23 years, so I expect to stay at least as long,” Ginsburg said.
She added: “Well, now I’ve passed Brandeis, I’ve passed (Justice Felix) Frankfurter.”
Recent speculation about Ginsburg’s future on the high court comes on the heels of a report suggesting that President Donald Trump believes Ginsburg will be retiring soon.
According to Axios, Trump expects to appoint four justices in total to the Supreme Court by the end of his first term in office.
Soon after Trump became president, Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Gorsuch was confirmed on April 7 by the Senate to succeed Scalia on the court.
According to Axios, sources who have spoken with Trump regarding the Supreme Court said the president believes he will be able to replace Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.
Trump reportedly said he believes Ginsburg and Sotomayor will resign as a result of health issues.
“What does she weigh? 60 pounds?” Trump reportedly said, referring to Ginsburg.
Ginsburg is 84-years-old and serves as the court’s oldest member.
Ginsburg has been critical of Trump in the past, where she told CNN in July 2016 that Trump was a faker and operated with his ego.
“He is a faker. He has no consistency about him,” she stated.
“He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego,” Ginsburg said. “How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns?”
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